Lot 1851 o1923, 1¢ green, rotary sheet waste, "Kansas City, Mo." Bureau precancel, rich color, centered to right with perfs just touching to clear, light stain in top margin which has been removed, Fine; with 1975 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 596 $130,000 for the grade of fine.
AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1923 1¢ ROTARY SHEET WASTE PERF 11 (SCOTT 596) ISSUE - A GREAT 20TH CENTURY RARITY WITH ONLY FIFTEEN EXAMPLES RECORDED.
This is without question the rarest United States issue of the 20th century. It was probably produced during the middle of 1924 however it was only discovered in 1962. This issue was the result of "coil waste" but rather than made from horizontal coil sheets, such as Scott #578-579 and #594-595, this issue was made from vertical coil waste sheets. The difference being in the measurement of the design as the horizontal coil design is wider since the plates have been stretched by curving them in that direction in order to fit the cylinder on the rotary press. In the same fashion, the vertical coil plates were curved in the vertical direction causing the design to stretch vertically.
To date, the Siegel census now contains fifteen examples of this issue of which over half are deemed faulty.
Lot 398Italian Offices in Peking, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 40¢ on 1L brown & green, attractively well centered for this stamp, in combination with 1971, 5c green on registered express cover from the Italian Legation to Rome, tied by "R.R. Poste Italiane, Pechino-Cina, 1-12-17" cds with second strike below, showing framed handstamp stating censorship exemption alongside, backstamped on arrival; with portions of address panel cut out, otherwise Very Fine; signed Giulio Bolaffi, with 1953 Fiecchi and 2016 Bottacchi certificates. Sassone No. 7+10.
Scott No. 11+14 Estimate $100,000 - 150,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST ISSUE 1917 40¢ ON 1L VICTOR EMMANUEL III ISSUE ON COVER - CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT RARITY OF THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES ABOARD ISSUES.
Lot 2363British Commonwealth, Collection, 1840-1960, extensive collection all neatly mounted in 18 large size binders, the majority of the 19th Century material is used and the vast majority of the 20th century is mint, several Pound values can be found throughout the collection and the real value of the collection is in the King Edward VII through the King George V era, the highlights are far to many to list all, but to touch on but a few, includes a very fine used Great Britain section represented by over 50 Penny Blacks and many early Pound values including a £5 Orange, £1 Seahorse and a £1 PUC, plus 1870 1½d rosy mauve mint (S.G. 53a), Gibraltar includes the £5 mint, Hong Kong with a fine mint and used selection, Ceylon with "Specimen" on the High values, Falkland Islands almost complete collection, Canada Jubilee series mint to the $5, Kenya and Uganda mint £1-£3 values mint, plus the £10, £50 and £100 values with "Specimen" overprints, the good Malta 10sh is present mint, Sierra Leone shows strength throughout, plus much more, a few fiscal cancels are noted on some of the used high values, but the overall condition is well above average, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire such a fine intact collection.
Estimate $125,000 - 150,000.
THIS COLLECTION SHOULD BE INSPECTED IN PERSON TO FULLY APPRECIATE.
Lot 19 oNew South Wales, 1850, Sydney View, 1d dull carmine, plate I re-engraved, hard grayish paper, block of 4 (positions 19-20, 24-25), light barred numeral cancels, clear to large margins, rich color and crisp detailed impressions, Very Fine, ex-T. Mann, Pack & Dale-Lichtenstein; with 2012 B.P.A. certificate. SG No. 11.
Scott No. 2c Estimate $40,000 - 60,000.
THE FINEST OF TWO KNOWN BLOCKS OF THE 1850 1D PLATE I RE-ENGRAVED SYDNEY VIEW ISSUE.
Lot 1782 o1908, 4¢ brown, imperforate, Schermack type III, wavy line machine cancel, full Schermack perfs on both sides, very well centered for this difficult issue with design clear of perfs, deep rich color, Very Fine; with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 314A $50,000.
A VERY RARE AND CHOICE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1908 4¢ IMPERFORATE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS - WITH ONLY FORTY TWO USED EXAMPLES RECORDED.
In April of 1908, the Schermack Company received orders of a 4¢ denomination from two of their Detroit clients, the Burroughs Adding Machine Company and the Hamilton Carbardt Company. Altogether, 10,000 stamps were ordered and 25 sheets were sent by the Bureau without perforations on May 12th, 1908.
According to the Siegel Census, only 32 used singles are recorded. Only eleven of these are deemed sound.
Lot 1448St. Louis, Mo., 1845, 10¢ black on greenish, Type III, Position 6, large margins all around, intense early shade and impression showing every detail with perfect clarity, tied solely by red "St. Louis Mo., Feb 21" cds, matching red "Paid" handstamp and manuscript "10" rating on 1846 gray folded letter from the Charnley & Whelen correspondence to Philadelphia Pa., Extremely Fine, A Stunning Gem.
Scott No. 11X2 $14,000.
A BEAUTIFUL AND CHOICE 10¢ ST. LOUIS "BEAR" PROVISIONAL COVER FROM THE FAMOUS CHARNLEY & WHELEN CORRESPONDENCE, RARELY SEEN TIED SOLELY BY THE RED CDS.
St. Louis Postmaster John M. Wimer issued the St. Louis "Bears" Provisionals from November 1845 until the first United States General Issue became available in July 1847, in denominations of 5¢ and 10¢ first, followed by a 20¢ value later.
Lot 504Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 5gr bright vermilion, plate II, Palermo paper, complete sheet of 100, o.g., never hinged, Post Office fresh, Extremely Fine and choice, a highly important showpiece of great rarity and visual appeal in superb condition; signed A. Bolaffi, with 2012 Colla certificate.
Sassone No. 11a; €225,000 as blocks of 4 ($276,750) Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
Lot 800Mexico, 1864, Eagle (1st Period), 4r green, Zacatecas, horizontal strip of four, in combination with large margin 1864, Eagle (1st Period), 2r orange, Zacatecas on 1864 folded letter sheet to Guanajuato, tied by two-line Zacatecas postmarks (Schatzkes 1851A), strip additionally tied by light manuscript at top, Very Fine and choice; with 2001 M.E.P.S.I. certificate.
Scott No. 24a+23b Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE OF THE 1864 4R EAGLE ISSUE ON COVER.
Lot 171 ()New Zealand, 1855, Queen Victoria "Chalon Head", 2d deep greenish blue on blued paper, London printing, Large Star watermark, without gum, clear to ample margins, rich deep color on fresh distinctively blued paper, Extremely Fine; with 2013 Odenweller certificate. Scott No. 2. Campbell Paterson No. A2a.
SG No. 2 £35,000 ($48,300).
A STUNNING UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 2D LONDON PRINT ISSUE - A GREAT CHALON HEAD RARITY.
Lot 532Sicily, 1859 Ferdinand II 50g dark brown red, tied in combination with 20gr slate grey by horseshoe cancels on 1860 folded cover from Palermo (20 May) to Paris, paying the double rate to France for 15 grams, red circular entry stamp for France, adhesive both with four margins, Extremely Fine; with 1983 En. Diena and 2002 Colla certificates. Scott No. 18 $115,000.
Sassone No. 14+13; €220,000 ($270,600) Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
AN EXTREMELY RARE USAGE OF THE 50 GRANA ON LETTER IN OUTSTANDING QUALITY ON A MOST ATTRACTIVE COVER, WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS OF CLASSIC SICILY RECORDED.
One of 4 known covers bearing the 20 gr + 50 gr combination franking, two of which were directed to France and two to Naples. The second cover to France franked with the 50gr chocolate shade in a similar quality, sold for €34,000 in a Corinphila Auction of November 2016